Malnutrition In Sudan Is Creating World’s Largest Displacement Crisis – WFP Warns

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the 10-month-long war in Sudan has caused malnutrition to soar across the region and is creating the world’s largest displacement crisis.

The organisation said at least 25 million people are struggling with soaring rates of hunger and malnutrition as the crisis in Sudan sends shock waves around the region.

The WFP also deplored a lack of resources to try to address the humanitarian crisis.

“At the moment unfortunately we don’t have the funds and we don’t have the access to be reaching people at the need of the scale that is required right now.”

Annabel Symington, a spokesperson for the WFP said thousands of families are being displaced and forced across borders into Chad and South Sudan each week, adding that 1.8 million people are fleeing the war mainly have found refuge in neighbouring Chad and South Sudan but these grapple with their own fragilities.

“In both these countries, the rainy season is coming soon and with that, it’s going get even harder to reach people. We need to be prepositioning assistance right now to make sure that we can sustain a response. We are unable to do that, and on top of that Chad, and South Sudan, they are dealing with their own hunger crises. So this is really crisis building on crisis […]”

In South Sudan, families fleeing Sudan now make up 35% of those facing catastrophic levels of hunger, despite only accounting for 3% of the population.

“Malnutrition rates are increasing rapidly among children who are languishing in temporary transit camps, like the camp in Renk”.

According to the WFP, approximately 4 per cent of children under 5 years of age crossing the border into South Sudan are malnourished upon entering the country.

18 million people are acutely food insecure in Sudan and around 3.8 million Sudanese children under 5 years old are malnourished, according to the WFP.